Patterson River Secondary College Newsletter

05 December 2016
November Review
Dates to Remember 
Principal's Report
Patterson River Community Energy Project
Performing Arts Report
Sports Report 
Visual Arts & Design Technology Showcase
Striving for Excellence
Junior School News
Senior School News
Library Bytes!
Community Announcements & Advertisements
Patterson River Secondary College
68 Eel Race Rd
Seaford, Victoria, 3198

Dates to Remember 

December 2016

Sunday 4th 

Sole Motive Triathlon


Monday 5th 

Year 8 2017 Partnership Meetings


Tuesday 6th

Orientation Day (Yr 7 2017)

Year 9 2017 Partnership Meetings


Wednesday 7th 

College Presentation Night


Thursday 8th

Principal's Commendations Awards


Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th


January 2017

Monday 30th
Staff Return
General Office Re-opens 10am


February 2017

Wednesday 1st

Students Commence Term 1

Principal's Report

Premier Daniel Andrews begins Senior School Construction

On Thursday 1st December Premier Daniel Andrews visited PRSC to 'turn the first sod' in the construction of the senior school development. Building works will take place over the first six months of 2017.

The Premier took the time to address Year 8 & 12 students at an assembly to outline the project.  Our local Member of Parliament, Sonya Kilkenny, was also present for the ceremony. I look forward to keeping the school community up to date with the progress of the building works over the coming months. 

The Premier's visit coincided with the opening of the new VCAL cafe, with both Mr Andrews and Ms Kilkenny being amongst the first customers of this new initiative. 


College Captains Elected

I am pleased to announce the College captains for 2017 are Kaylah Wainwright & Tyler Foreman along with vice-captains Eunika Burger & Jaimik Chauhan. 

I was impressed by the quality of the election campaigns and speeches from all of the nominees this year. 

I look forward to working with the new College leaders and assisting them to implement the positive plans that they have for the College in 2017.





Seaford Wetlands Fun Run

On Sunday 27th November, I had the pleasure of attending and running in the Seaford Wetlands Fun Run. It was a great community event and good to see so many students and teachers representing the school. 




Patterson River Community Energy Launch

On Friday 2nd December I had the pleasure of launching the Patterson River Community Energy Project with the Minister for Energy & Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio. The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has provided funding for PRSC to begin the education phase of the Patterson River Community Energy Project. See full article below.  

Parent Surveys

Thank you to all of the parents who took part in the recent parent surveys. 

The input from the surveys was used as part of our recent school review with the Department of Education & Training.

There were some consistent messages from parents including:


What PRSC do well?

- Diverse range of programs

- Dedicated staff

- Academic outcomes

- Student behaviour


What could PRSC do better?

- Communication

- Student leadership

- Consistency with uniform

- Consistency with Compass learning tasks


Planned changes for 2017
As a result of the parent input, we have planned some immediate changes for the start of 2017. These include:

- A full list of key dates for year that families can place on the fridge. 

- Further Compass training for both teachers and parents. 

- Focus on student uniform

Parent Info Sessions

PRSC recently hosted Andrew Russell (elite performance manager at Hawthorn Football Club for the first school cluster parent information session. Andrew's presentation focused on much more than just sport, with his talk providing lots of tips and strategies for dealing with young adults. We have booked Susan Mclean to deliver a session on Cyber Safety on the 30th March next year. 


German Film Places 2nd in National Competition 

After winning first place in the state Goethe Institute German Film Festival, the Year 9 Flim titled 'Helden' has achieved the 2nd place in the national competition. This is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate Mrs Scott and all of the students involved. 





Mr Daniel Dew 

College Principal

Patterson River Community Energy Project

Lily D'Ambrosio Launches Project

On Friday 2nd December, Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy & Climate Change launched the Patterson River Community Energy Project (Education Stage)

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has provided initial funding of $50,000 for PRSC to enrich the science and maths curriculum in preparation for a community energy project. The funding is being used to convert part of the Library into a STEM Lab. New equipment includes:

  • STELR Renewable Energy Kits
  • Lego EV3 Kits
  • Lego Sustainability Kits 
  • Furniture to promote flexible learning
  • Live energy data sensors 
  • Interactive whiteboard 
  • Flexible furniture to promote creativity


Background to the Project

PRSC has teamed up with Prof Michael Breer from University of Melbourne & Dr Iain Jennings from 1Circle to create a unique community energy initiatve. 


The project aims for PRSC to become a renewable energy provider to meet not only our own needs but to provide renewable energy to retail customers in the community. 

The project will see Year 10 students manage the business, with students across all years exposed to elements of the project. 

Students will explore community energy - solar generation, electricity distribution, battery storage, data collection & analysis, business and marketing.


Further Information

  2. Sonya Kilkenny MP (Member for Carrum) MP Post 

New Subjects

PRSC has created and modified a number of subjects to support students in this engaging program. These include

  • Y8 Robotics
  • Y8 Green Team
  • L4L 'Our World' 
  • Y10 STEM Business


Performing Arts Report

Semester 2 Dance

The 2016 Student Choreography Showcase was a huge success with all the Semester 2 dance classes performing to a sellout audience on Tuesday 15th November.

The showcase displayed our talented choreographers not just performers. We were dazzled by VCE Examination solos, Year 10-11 Learnt Works and our 35 Junior School dancers who have been rehearsing at lunchtime as part of Junior Dance Club. I would like to thank past students, Kara Jewell, Kiara Tanic, Romy Melling and Hayley Fulton who came back to choreograph Learnt Works. Congratulations to all those who performed!





Mrs Hannah Witteveen

Performing Arts Manager

Sports Report 

Andrew Russell (Hawthorn Elite Performance Manager)

The Patterson River Secondary College community was extremely privileged to have Andrew Russell share his vast experience about proven formulas to achieve success in life. While he works in a High Performance area at the Hawthorn Football Club, his message was relevant to all walks of life. He spoke earlier in the day to a cohort of Grade 5 and 6 students from the local primary schools as well as the Excel sport students at Patterson River Secondary College, and then later in the evening to the parents. Andrew stressed the importance of giving your body and mind the optimum opportunities to be the best it can be. This ranged from forming your character from a thought, the effort you apply to any given goal, the neural pathways that form to master a skill, sleep hygiene and routine, the 6 rules of good nutrition and surrounding yourself with positive people that bring out the best in you. Everyone that listened to Andrew speak took away at least one suggestion or improvement to enhance their everyday living. The quote that struck a chord with most was “Never stay up late for something you wouldn’t get up early for”.

Ms Ando Allan

Excel Sport Manager

Seaford Wetlands Fun Run

PRSC EXCEL sport students were invited to be a part of the PRSC team and it was fantastic to see so many staff and students take part in this great community event.

In the 5km race Lachlan Delaney did very well coming in 8th and Nick Brown 12th.  Lachlan Wild took part in the 10km event and came 4th in his age group which was a great effort.

We had a number of staff successes which included Matt Clark taking out 3rd overall for the 10km and placed first in his age group. Cameron Cox had a great run coming 2nd in the 18-29 year old males and also Simon Andriessen placed 3rd overall for males aged 30-44.

Special mention to the college leadership Mr Dew and Mr Slater for also taking part.

We thank everyone for their participation and hope to see many of the runners again next year.

Mrs Maree Foster 


ActiveTri Race

Congratulations to the Year 9 Triathalon & Multisport students who took part in the ActiveTri Race at Mordialloc on the 4th December. Students included:

Cody Smith 

Lachlan Delany 

Ben Rylatt

Amiee Rowell

Charlotte Baker

Aaliya Muir

A big thanks to our very own Iron Man Matt Clark for training the students and supporting them on the day. 


Visual Arts & Design Technology Showcase

2016 Year 10 Portraits


Visual Arts


Striving for Excellence

Victoria Symons: Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program

Congratulations to Victoria Symons who has been awarded  a place in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.  

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high-achieving Victorian school students. 

Victoria will have access to a range of events and activities at the University's Parkville campus.



Monash Health Youth Category Award

Congratulations Kimberley Crombie in 8E who has won the Monash Health Youth Category Award for 2016 and as a result they will be purchasing her work.  The category was open to entrants up to the age of 25, so this is an outstanding achievement.



Cody Smith

Cody has certainly had a 2016 to remember in the sporting arena. Cody has proudly represented Victoria in two sports which is an amaziing effort. Below are his achievements;

Represented Victoria in the 17 and Under SSV Softball Championships.

Represented Victoria in Under 14 Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Team.

Will represent Victoria  in the Under 15 Softball Victoria Team early Jan 2017 at the National Titles.


Siobhan Lowther

Siobhan has represented Australia in BMX racing and currently is ranked number 5 in the country for 14 year old girls. An amazing effort.


Zac Barrett

Zac is continung his great form on the football field and has retained his place in the U/18 Dandenong Stingrays TAC CUP Squad, one day hoping to take his talents to the AFL. We watch in anticipation for the 2017 season.


Flynn Hedley

Flynn, like Siobhan, also races BMX. He has represented both Victoria and Australia during Primary School and this year finished 5th at the Victorian Championships. An excellent result.


Junior School News

Year 8 Step Up -Monash University Discovery Workshop

Patterson River is a Monash Access school which gives our students the opportunity to be involved at the university during their secondary schooling. On Tuesday 22nd November Year 8 students were invited to visit Monash University Peninsula campus. Students had the opportunity to experience a lecture theatre, campus tours and engage with university students. The students also participated in a range of activities to experience what it is like at university. The year 8’s asked lots of questions about future careers and university life.

Mrs Maree Foster



End of Year Activities

A reminder that Activities are running from Wednesday 14th December to Friday 16th December.

There will be no normal classes on these days so students need to have signed up for the activities and come dressed appropriate for the activities they have chosen.

Please return permission slips as soon as possible to the general office.

There are still vacancies in activities being held internally as well as externally so go to S3 at lunchtime to sign up.

Mrs Woodroffe, Mrs Bailles and Mrs Smith


EXCEL Showcase Night

At our recent Academic Excel Showcase, Academic Excel students from Year 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to present the exciting work that they had been doing throughout the year. Both staff and students who worked in the Academic Excel classes participated in an exciting and rigorous course throughout the year, which focused on critical thinking skills, as well as developing leadership skills and working with students from multiple year levels. Students presented their work throughout the evening in an engaging manner and spoke very well in front of a large audience. It was particularly interesting to hear from our current 9E students who summed up their experiences in the Academic Excel program for the last three years – they are to be commended for their hard work and creativity that was displayed throughout the years. A huge congratulations to all staff and students who were involved in the Academic Excel Showcase!


Miss Allira Lang

Special Programs Manager


Poppies for Remembrance Day

In the few days leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, Natalie Baltas, Tamika Atwell and Steffanie Cheung Chin kindly spent time visiting classrooms to sell poppies for the RSL.


Funds raised from the sale of these poppies is used by the RSL to assist both current and former serving members of the Australian and Allied defence forces and their dependents when in need.


We thank Natalie, Tamika and Steffanie for their tireless work in selling the poppies.


Mrs Christina Kloas

Year 8 Co-ordinator


Year 7 Tchoukball Grand Final


It has been a fantastic competition this term with each of the Year 7 forms battling it out each week. On the day of the final the All-star student team faced the Staff team and met their match with the teachers coming away with the win.

7H and 7D competed for the prestigious title in what was an epic final. 7H were up at half time by one point but 7D came away with the win. Mr Cox and his form were very excited and should be very proud of their efforts. Congratulations to Alex Mason and Bill Morgan who received best on court medals for the match.

Well done to all year 7 students for their excellent participation throughout the entirety of the competition.



Maree Foster

Year 7 Manager

Senior School News

Valedictory Dinner

Our Valedictory Dinner was held on Friday 18th November at Chelsea RSL. The event was an enjoyable night, which included live music from a range of talented students. 

We wish all of our graduates well for the upcoming release of their year 12 results. 




Bad Science Show

Recently the Year 11 Psychology students and other Science classes from Year 8 and Year 10 were involved in the ‘Bad Science Show’ Incursion. It was presented by the award-winning science communicator Nicholas J. Johnson.
The incursion was interactive and explored aspects of pseudoscience and critical thinking. Students thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Mr Tony Pecur





College Captain Elections

Eight new year 12 students nominated for a school leadership position for 2017. All students went to great lengths to promote their candidacy and prepare their speeches. Students delivered their speeches in front of teachers and senior students on Wednesday 30th November. All students spoke about why PRSC is special to them and outline their plans for future improvement. 

Voting was carried out on Thursday, with Kaylah Wainwright & Tyler Foreman being elected as College Captains, along with Eunika Burger & Jaimik Chauhan who were elected as vice-captains.  Congratulations! 

Library Bytes!

Designing, creating and exploring  the new Lego robotics technology!






Mrs Janet Mitchell. Library Manager.


Community Announcements & Advertisements

Project Pencils

Bring your used pencils and other stationery items  to school and put in box in the library before the end of term. Go to www. ( a local group dedicated to providing stationery to children in need ) for more information.

Pencils Community collects used and discarded pencils and stationery items from local schools. They accept pencils, pencil cases, textas, crayons, rulers, erasers, sharpeners, calculators, exercise books, educational materials help up fill our box!!

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